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Choe Family History

Choe Name Meaning

Korean (Ch’oe): there is only one Chinese character for the surname Ch’oe. Of the 326 Ch’oe clans listed in some sources, only 43 distinct clans can be documented. Ch’oe is the fourth most common surname in Korea. The common Romanization Choi represents a French transliteration of the surname, which is actually pronounced more like Ch’wae. The first Ch’oe, Sob{ou}ldori, was one of the six elders of pre-Shilla Korea; he received his surname from the Shilla King Yuri Isag{uu}m in ad 32.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Chon, Chae, Cho, Ho, Che, Chee, Choi, Hoe, Choo, Noe

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Where is the Choe family from?

You can see how Choe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Choe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Choe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Choe families living in Louisiana. This was about 56% of all the recorded Choe's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Choe families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Choe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Choe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Stock Clerk was the top reported job for people in the US named Choe. 50% of Choe men worked as a Stock Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Stock Clerk
    50%
  • Laborer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 765 census records available for the last name Choe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Choe census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Choe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 421 military records available for the last name Choe. For the veterans among your Choe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Choe lifespan?

Between 1974 and 2004, in the United States, Choe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Choe in 1974 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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